Character actor Max von Sydow has passed away at the age of 90. The Swedish passed away yesterday just about a month before he would’ve turned 91.
The most recognizable role of von Sydow’s for me is obviously Lorr San Tekka from the opening scene of The Force Awakens. He also did some work recently in Game of Thrones. Although his career lasted for decades prior to that.
von Sydow’s first big role came in a Swedish movie The Seventh Seal in 1957. Its a movie that I’ve never seen, but has seen a lot of praise. He was nominated for Oscars twice. Another high profile role came in the horror classic The Exorcist.
He played a few villainous roles over the years. He played the villain Strange Brew and played Ming the Merciless in Flash Gordon.
Max von Sydow has 163 acting credits on IMDb. An impressive career to say the least. RIP.